Friday, July 27, 2007

A View from Afar

San Diego International Comic Con is going on as I type this. I feel overwhelmed by the news coming in.

  • Special convention teasers for Iron Man and The Dark Knight were shown and quickly leaked online. Unfortunately the studios have been swift to have these leaks removed. Believe me, I looked.

  • The cast of Watchmen has been confirmed. The only actor in the cast I'm familiar with is Billy Crudup who will play Doctor Manhattan and the actor playing Rorschach who apparently was the "bad boy" in the original Bad News Bears.

  • Tim Blake Nelson has been cast as the Leader in The Incredible Hulk. He's a great character actor. I've seen him in Minority Report and O Brother Where Art Thou.

  • The live action Teen Titans movie rumoured to be in the works is still in the works. The only confirmed character thus far is Nightwing. The script writer wants to put emphasis on young heroes and sidekicks coming of age. I don't know if it can be pulled off if they decide to exclude the older heroes.

  • Blade Runner: The Final Cut will be released on DVD on December 18th. There will be a two disc edition of the Final Cut, a four disc edition which includes the U.S. and international theatrical cuts and the '92 Director's Cut. Finally there is a five disc edition which includes the early workprint version and comes in an attache case which includes goodies like photographs, an origami unicorn, and a Void Comp test. The five disc set will also be available on HD-DVD and Blu-Ray.

  • Zachary "Sylar" Quinto has been confirmed to play Mr. Spock in he upcoming Star Trek prequel. In other Trek news the first season of the original season has been announced for HD-DVD on November 20th for $218. Green slave women in high definition? Count me in.

  • A 30th Anniversary DVD of Close Encounters of the Third Kind will be released on November 13th. It will include the 1977 theatrical cut, 1980 special edition, and Spielberg's 1998 director's cut.

  • Futurama returns in their first in a series of direct to DVD movies, Bender's Big Score on November 27th. Bender returns to the past to join Al Gore during the 2000 recount election. These movies will later be cut into individual episodes and aired on Comedy Central.

  • Francis Ford Coppola's film Bram Stoker's Dracula gets a collector's edition DVD October 2nd. Check out the artwork. It's really bizarre but strangely enough I still like it.

  • A boxset of Stanley Kubrick's films A Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket, Eyes Wide Shut, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and The Shining will be released on October 23rd. These upgraded special edition DVDs will also be available separately. Kubrick's other films Barry Lyndon and Lolita get new DVD releases the same day but get shafted from the boxset for some reason.

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End will be released on DVD on December 4th in single disc and two disc configurations, as well as Blu-Ray.

  • NECA has acquired the license to video game Assassin's Creed. They also have new figures for Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, God of War and Castlevania. They've also announced one more 300 figure, a very large Xerxes.

  • Mezco has acquired the license to produce action figures of TV series Heroes.

  • New Naruto figures include Shikimaru, Kiba, Choji, Kankuro and multiple figures of a silver haired fellow I'm not familiar with. Spoiler maybe?
  • 2007 is a great year for fans of the Phoenix from X-Men and its mother and daughter hosts. Collector's will be able to get 12" action figures of Jean Grey Phoenix and Jean Grey Dark Phoenix, and 6" figures of Rachel Summers Marvel Girl, Rachel Summers Phoenix, Jean Grey Marvel Girl (in a two pack with her clone's son Cable), and a Toys R Us exclusive Jean Grey Black Queen. That's a lot of redheads. Not too mention convoluted storytelling.

  • Mattel had a new Masters of the Universe He-Man prototype at their booth. There's no other info as their panel isn't until later. Could it be time for a re-re-relaunch of the beloved 80s property? I hope not. I'm quite He-Man'd out.

  • DC Direct announced a new series of Teen Titans figures based on George Perez' Judas Contract storyline. The lineup includes Robin, Jericho, Deathstroke (Slade) and Terra. Presumably this new series will tie in with the new animated Judas Contract movie being released to DVD next year. In a complete surprise to me DC Direct also announced a series based on Smallville to include Clark, Green Arrow, Impulse, Art (Aquaman), Cyborg, and Bizarro.

  • For a movie that's nearly three months old the amount of Spider-Man 3 toys planned is staggering. Just look at some of this stuff. Vulture! Mysterio! A Stretch Armstrong-esque Sandman! A Venom that vomits Symbiote goop! And I must own it all. Well most of it anyways.

1 comment:

Jon said...

whooo Futurama!